Tag Archives: Nature

Bambi: A Life In The Woods

 

This is an exquisite new collectible edition of the classic story.  Bambi lives in a woodland thicket.  He and his family and friends discover the wonders and the dangers of the woods.  Superb oil paintings feature gold foiling.  The story inspired the beloved 1942 Disney film. mjw
Title: Bambi: A Life In The Woods
Author: Felix Salten (1869-1945)
Illustrator
: Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher
Publisher
: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Copyright
: 2014
Original Language
: German
Translator
: Whittaker Chambers
Original Publisher
: Simon & Schuster, Inc.
Original Copyright
: 1928
ISBN
: 978-1442-9345-2
Hardcover pages
: 192
Age range
: 10 up
Genre
: Fiction
Author’s ethnicity
: Austrian
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: U.S.
Illustrator’s residence
: San Francisco, U.S.
Subjects
: Deer, Forest

Fishing With Grandma

fishing with grandmaGrandma and her two grandchildren go out on the lake for a fishing trip. She teaches them everything they need to know for a day of jigging in the ice for fish. They learn what to wear, what tools are needed, and how to use them. At the end of the day, they have caught enough Arctic char for a delicious dinner. Illustrations show Inuit fishing tools and a glossary with pronunciations explains Inuit terms. mjw
Title: Fishing With Grandma
Author: Susan Avingaq and Maren Vsetula
Illustrator
: Charlene Chua
Publisher
: Inhabit Media Inc.  Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: English
ISBN
: 978-1-77227-084-6
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 5-7
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: Canada
Author’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Author’s residence
: Nunavut
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Canadian
Illustrator’s residence
: Toronto
Subjects
: Canada, Grandchildren, Grandmothers, Ice fishing, Multigenerational, Polar regions

The Pruwahaha Monster

the-pruwahaha-monsterA five-year-old boy goes with his father to swing on a swing near a farmhouse. The little boy does not know that a huge monster that likes to eat children lurks near the farmhouse. When the monster wakes up, spies the little boy on the swing, and roars “prruwwwahhahahaha,” the little boy just laughs. Two-color playful illustrations with clues never really reveal who the “monster” is. Rhythmic language and monster sounds will delight young readers. mjw
Title: The Pruwahaha Monster
Author: Jean-Paul Mulders
Illustrator
: Jacques Maes and Lise Braekers
Publisher
: Kids Can Press
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: Dutch
Translator
: English version edited by Yvette Ghione
Original Title
: Het prullala monster
Original Publisher
: Abimo Uitgeverij, Belgium
Original Copyright
: 2014
ISBN
: 978-1-77138-566-4
Hardcover pages
: 26
Age range
: 5-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Author’s residence
: Belgium
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Flemish
Illustrator’s residence
: Belgium
Subjects
: Fathers and sons, Monsters, Mystery, Seasons

Alive Again

Alive AgainA boy wonders if the blossoms that fall from trees will ever return. When there is no rain, will it rain again? If no wheat grows, will it grow again? And if no one goes on a journey, will there be new journeys? When spring comes, the boy’s father points out new blossoms, fresh rain, and born-again wheat. And tomorrow will be a day for a new journey. Striking collage artwork enhances this simple story about trust and understanding that will leave readers asking similar questions. mjw
Title: Alive Again
Author: Ahmadreza Ahmadi
Illustrator
: Nahid Kazemi
Publisher
: Tiny Owl Publishing Ltd.  England
Copyright
: 2015
Original Language
: Persian
Translator
: Azita Rassi
Original Publisher
: Salis Publisher. Tehran, Iran
Original Copyright
: 2013
ISBN
: 978-1-910328-05-7
Hardcover pages
: 24
Age range
: 4-9
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Author’s residence
: Iran
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Iranian
Illustrator’s residence
: Montreal, Canada
Awards
: Author was shortlisted for the 2010 Hans Christian Andersen Award
Subjects
: Blossoms, Flowers, Journeys, Questions, Rain, Trust, Understanding, Wheat

Poles Apart

poles-apartPenguins are found at the South Pole – except when they get lost on their way to a picnic. When the Pilchard-Brown penguin family find themselves at the North Pole, they meet friendly Mr. White, the polar bear, who guides them back home. They follow him over land and sea to New York, England, Italy, India, Australia, and finally the South Pole and a surprise ending. Foreign words are sprinkled throughout this whimsical introduction to different cultures across the globe. Fun, digitally created illustrations show the travelers walking along Fifth Avenue, riding a double-decker bus in London, water skiing in the Sydney harbor, and more. mjw
Title: Poles Apart
Author: Jeanne Willis
Illustrator
: Peter Jarvis
Publisher
: Nosy Crow, an imprint of Candlewick
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: English
Original Publisher
: Nosy Crow, London
Original Copyright
: 2015
ISBN
: 978-0-7636-8944-5
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: North Pole, South Pole, U.S., England, Italy, India, Australia
Author’s ethnicity
: Born in the United Kingdom
Author’s residence
: London
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: English
Illustrator’s residence
: Manchester, England
Subjects
: Arctic Ocean, North Pole, Penguins, Polar bears, South Pole

Little Polar Bear: Where Are You Going Lars?

little-polar-bearLars, the little polar bear, is so tired after going with his father on his first hunting trip. He falls asleep on the ice and sleeps so soundly that he doesn’t hear the ice crack. His ice bed breaks off, he drifts south, and he wakes up in the middle of the sea, where it is getting warmer and warmer. This is where his adventures begin. He makes new friends, including Henry the hippopotamus. Lars gets homesick and wants to find his way back home. He gets help from Marcus the eagle and Samson the whale. Lars is finally reunited with his father, who catches Samson a big fish to thank him. The soft-colored illustrations have been refreshed in this Little Polar Bear 30th Anniversary Edition. mjw
Title: Little Polar Bear: Where Are You Going Lars?
Author: Hans de Beer
Illustrator
: Hans de Beer
Publisher
: NorthSouth Books, Inc.
Copyright
: 2016
Original Language
: German
Original Title
: Kleiner Eisbar – Wohin fahrst du, Lars?
Original Publisher
: NordSud Verlag AG, Switzerland
Original Copyright
: 1987
ISBN
: 978-0-7358-4052-2
Paperback pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Book setting
: North Pole, Tropics
Author’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: Dutch
Subjects
: Bears, North Pole, Polar bears

Water’s Children: Celebrating The Resource That Unites Us All

Twelve young people from different countries around the world describe what water means to them. It is a burst of laughter for children playing in a lake in Quebec. It is a perfect crystal of snow to the Inuktitut child. It is the opening flower of springtime to a girl in Germany. And it is a bowl of rice to Chinese children. All the children convey the universal truth that water is life. The poetic text is accompanied by expressive artwork that examines the importance of water throughout the world. On the final page, a guide identifies the languages in which the phrase “water is life” appears in watermarks embedded in the illustrations. mjw
Title: Water’s Children: Celebrating The Resource That United Us All
Author: Angele Delaunois
Illustrator
: Gerard Frischeteau
Publisher
: Pajama Press.  Toronto, Canada
Copyright
: 2017
Original Language
: French
Translator
: Erin Woods
Original Title
: Les Enfants de l’eau
Original Publisher
: Editiions de L;lsatis
Original Copyright
: 2016
ISBN
: 978-1-77278-015-4
Hardcover pages
: 32
Age range
: 4-8
Genre
: Picture Book
Author’s ethnicity
: French
Author’s residence
: Canada
Illustrator’s ethnicity
: French 
Illustrator’s residence
: Canada
Subjects
: Earth science, Oceans and seas, Water, Water supply